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Summer driving hazards and what to do about them

You may assume summer is not a dangerous time to drive, especially compared to winter. It may seem like summer is safer, but this is not necessarily true. The summer months bring various dangers to motorists. In fact, summer months are the most deadly times for drivers.

While summer may be a great time to relax, have fun and go on vacation, it is necessary to be aware of the hazards you face and what you can do to prevent accidents. Take the below information to heart so you can be safe this summer.

What to know about bed sores

Nursing home abuse manifests in several different ways. One of the most common symptoms you will notice in a neglected loved one is the formation of bed sores. 

Bed sores can develop on any part of the body. However, they are most likely to occur on the ankles, heels, knees, elbows and coccyx. It is vital to be aware of any changes in your loved one. Bed sores are easily treatable in the early stages, but they progressively become more dangerous in stage four. Here are the basics of what to know about this dangerous medical condition. 

Was your accident caused by a distracted driver?

Distracted driving is an ongoing problem in our country, and it does not appear to be going away any time soon. Drivers confront numerous distractions every day, but they create some of these issues on their own. What distracted the driver who ran into the back of your car?

The rear-end collision

How underride guards on semi trucks can prevent deaths

Vehicles come in all shapes and sizes these days, and they also come with a wide variety of safety features. Semi trucks have a lot of those same safety features and a few that are specifically for the protection of people in smaller vehicles.

One of these that safety experts have recently deemed necessary is underride guards.

Nursing homes, falls and facial trauma: Is your loved one safe?

Nursing homes in Chattanooga and across the country must comply with federal and local laws and care standards. When they do not, not only do they compromise the safety of their residents, they also risk sanctions and being shut down. One type of deficiency that endangers the nursing home residents is falls. Falls can lead to life-threatening injuries, such as a broken nose, fractured eye socket, dislocated hip, traumatic brain injury or something more serious. 

Nursing home accidents and neglect concerns might not have crossed your mind when you were looking for the right place for your ailing parent. But falls constitute a significant danger to seniors, no matter what environment seniors are in. Here is some information about nursing home falls and facial trauma

Different types of elder abuse

Some elderly family members may require special assistance, and those who cannot provide it themselves sometimes trust care facilities to aid in this area. Unfortunately, some care facilities and staff do not provide proper care and may sometimes neglect their residents.

In such cases, it may be possible to file a claim against the facility or caretaker. To build a successful claim, claimants should fully understand the different types of elder abuse.

4 common motorcycle crashes that can cause serious injury

Perhaps the best thing about being an experienced motorcycle rider is that you truly understand how vulnerable you are. If you have ever been involved in an accident, you are doubly aware of the potentially catastrophic results.

There are many dicey situations you want to avoid any time you are out on your bike, but here are four of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

How to handle the aftermath of a car accident

As inconvenient as it is to be involved in a car accident in the Chattanooga area, imagine the impact on your overall health and lifestyle if you do not handle the aftermath properly. Car accidents do not just damage vehicles, they can have a serious and long-lasting effect on your physical and mental health and lifestyle. They can mean the difference between being able to continue to support yourself and family and struggling to pay huge medical bills as well as living expenses.

You may want to minimize the event so you can move on with your life by rushing through things. Even if you know the right protocol to use, you may feel like cutting corners. However, the more effort you put into dealing with the aftermath, the more you can minimize its impact.

Antipsychotics are often overprescribed in nursing homes

In March 2014, the inspector general of Health and Human Services raised a red flag by declaring that many nursing home patients were receiving antipsychotic drugs unnecessarily, a violation of federal regulations.

If you have a loved one who is a nursing home resident, has a health care provider asked you to provide “informed consent” to administer a drug of this type?

Common signs your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect can come in many different forms. Family members place their loved ones in the care of an assisted living or nursing home facility with the expectation that their loved one's physical, mental and emotional needs are met. When caring for your loved one becomes too much on your own, you trust that the professionals at the institution take over in ways you would approve of, but this is not always the case.

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